Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Ornate Box Turtle officially became the State Reptile of Kansas when Governor John Carlin signed HB 3113 a little after high noon on Monday, 14 April 1986.Â The signing was the result of the massive campaign organized by the 6th grade students of Caldwell Elementary School located in the little town of Caldwell, Kansas.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The following October the Mayor of Caldwell signed a proclamation declaring Caldwell, Kansas the â€œOfficial Ornate Box Turtle Capital of the Worldâ€ in honor of the dedicated work of the towns young people.Â Caldwell would never be the same again!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Genetic research has provided evidence that indicates turtles are not actually reptiles.Â It appears that they should be in a class all their own, and that class is now referred to as turtles.Â Thus, some people have suggested that the Ornate Box Turtle might want to be designated as the state turtle instead of the state reptile.Â Regardless of its designation the colorful Ornate Box Turtle may be the most noted and loved of all Kansas natural icons.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Take a few minutes to go to the website below and read some of the comments that have been posted in regard to the Ornate Box Turtle.Â Please feel free to post your turtle stories too.Â The website URL is:
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY & LONG LIVE THE TURTLES!
Larry L. Miller